Despite the news circulating that Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez had been claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in the day -- news that manager Bobby Valentine said he saw scrolling across the bottom of his television -- Valentine said he spoke to general manager Ben Cherington this afternoon and there was no mention of it at all.
"There wasn't a mention of, 'Disregard it' or 'Who do you want' " Valentine said. "There wasn't any conversation, so I believe it's nothing more than the standard operational 'Guy gets claimed, it's a block not a trade and life goes on.' ''
What frustrated him, though, was was that news of a standard practice had in his eyes been leaked and blown out of proportion.
Every player goes on these waivers during this month – every player. The game is if someone really wants someone, they claim him and they try to make a trade. If someone doesn't want him and they don't want the player to go to another team then they'll claim him and really not try to make a trade. They'll say, 'Hey, we'll offer a bag of balls' and the conversation's over. Then the other team who wanted him can't get him. I guess that's the way the game's played. It's gone on forever.
The difference now is – and I know we get blamed a lot in our clubhouse about who can keep a secret – the problem now is that people in baseball can't keep a secret. This stuff is not supposed to be out, but obviously there's someone that's privy to the information who decides to let that stuff out. I guess it's stuff you can't combat, but it's not right.
Someone's trying to [say], 'Oh, we'll make their life miserable and let this one out.' I'll guarantee you there were 10 guys claimed in the last week. Maybe 20. Have we heard about 20 guys being claimed and going to different teams. Maybe there haven't been that many, but you would think that other guys get claimed.
Valentine said he expects to talk to Gonzalez about the situation face-to-face.
“I'll see Adrian and I'll tell him how much I love him and want him and think that he should be here and he'll look at me and say, 'Oh, I wonder if that's true, I wonder if there's a trade brewing' until the whole thing is over and he is our player forever. It's all kind of BS."